The Real Misty of Chincoteague

the true story of Misty of Chincoteague

I don’t know many horse crazed kids who haven’t ready Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague — probably multiple times. Although the book stays quite close to the book, here is a case where truth is even more interesting than fiction. This Smithsonian article gives wonderful insights into how Misty’s story extended beyond the book. Other […]

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91st Chincoteague Pony Swim a Success

This morning at 10:18 the famous Chincoteague ponies embarked on the annual swim from Assateague Island. The swim always takes place at on the last Wednesday of July at “slack” tide (when there is no current); the annual foal auction will take place tomorrow, starting at 8:00 a.m. I’ve always wanted to watch the swim, […]

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Pictures from the 2011 Chincoteague pony swim

Ever since I read Misty of Chincoteague I’ve wanted to visit the barrier islands and watch the pony swim. Or at least watch the ponies out in the “wild”. Of course, the swim only takes a few minutes (it’s only 200 yards) and the ponies are not exactly wild any more, but in my imagination […]

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